Launched on 31 March 2005, W9 (French: double-ve neuf) is a national commercial TV channel in France, owned by Groupe M6, which in turn is owned by RTL Group. The channel is named such because W9 is an inversion of M6, the parent channel, and because Groupe M6 won a licence to broadcast on channel 9 on national (TNT) television.
W9 has a focus on entertainment programming, as well as music, targeted at a younger audience than the generalist nature of M6.
W9 was launched in March 1998 as M6 Music.
When television licenses were granted for the new digital terrestrial network (TNT), M6 Music was given a permission to broadcast for free.
On the terrestrial platform, the channels were assigned a pre-determined channel number. The seven historical analogue channels were given numbers 1 through 7, while the seven new channels would get numbers 8 through 14. What exact number the new channels would get was chosen at random through a draw on 7 December 2004. M6 Music was lucky enough to get number 9. This made M6 take the opportunity to rename the channel W9, which is M6 upside-down.
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